SFGN Nites: South Florida Arts, Nightlife and Entertainment
Thursday, January 24
One of the treasures of old Fort Lauderdale is the Bonnet House, located on the beach, just south of Sunrise Boulevard. The historic mansion, built by artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his second wife, Helen Louise Birch, is set on 35 lush acres and provides the perfect setting for concerts. Tonight, the Bonnet House Young Artist Series features the Lynn Chamber Trio, a group of talented musicians from Lynn University. Enjoy the performance on the veranda from 7 to 9 p.m. and enjoy complimentary wine, dessert and coffee. Tickets are $35 to $40 at BonnetHouse.org.
The South Florida Fair is back and continues everyday through Feb. 3 at the West Palm Beach fair grounds. Bring the whole family out for rides, animals, and some good old-fashioned funnel cakes. Tickets are $15 at the gate. Visit SouthFloridaFair.com for more information.
Friday, January 25
Monty Python’s Spamalot, the Tony-winning Broadway musical “lovingly ripped off” from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail returns to Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center tonight and Saturday for a short run. Sing along with King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their hilarious quest for the Holy Grail. Remember, “Look on the Bright Side of Life,” “The Songs That Goes Like This” and “How to Succeed on Broadway,” and you’ll be howling at the Lady of the Lake — in her full Cher getup — and her Laker Girls, too. Tickets are $39 to $109 at BrowardCenter.org.
Saturday, January 26
The Magic Flute, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s operatic masterpiece, opens tonight at the Arsht Center in Miami courtesy of Florida Grand Opera. Some of the genre’s most beloved characters take the stage to play out the timeless drama of good versus evil. Jeanette Vecchione makes her FGO debut as the vengeful Queen of the Night with Jonathan G. Michie starring as Papageno. A lot has changed since the opera premiered in 1791, but Mozart’s memorable melodies still charm audiences. Tickets are $25 to $254 at FGO.org or ArshtCenter.org. The production moves to the Broward Center, Feb. 21 and 23.
Sunday, January 27
Chanticleer, the Grammy Award-winning male a cappella ensemble, performs in concert tonight at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, 401 SE 15th Ave. The 12 professional singers have become known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend from tenor to bass and original interpretations of the vocal repertoire. They sing everything from Renaissance madrigals to jazz and gospel. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and may be reserved by calling the church at 954-462-6200 or at the door on the night of the performance.
Monday, January 28
It’s not too late to head over to the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas, for “Warhol and Cars,” a fascinating exhibition that chronicles the famous pop artist’s fascination with the automobiles of his time. There may be a big difference between a Chevy and a can of Campbell’s soup, but for Warhol, both were products of American consumer society. The exhibit includes prints, photographs and other archival material spanning Warhol’s career. The museum is open daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m. On Sundays, the museum opens at 12 noon. Admission is $10. The Warhol exhibit is scheduled to close Feb. 10.
Tuesday, January 29
“It a Jolly Holiday with Mary”—Mary Poppins, that is. The musical adaptation of the popular Disney film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke rolls in to the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach through Feb. 3. Don’t expect dancing penguins, but the artists at Disney have just about everything else figured out—sending chimney sweep Burt dancing upside down above the stage and Mary Poppins floating above the London skyline. It’s also a more adult story, exploring women’s rights and the frustrations of middle age. But that’s okay because we’ll all still learn to spell the longest word in the English language! Tickets start at $25 at Kravis.org.
Wednesday, January 30
It’s back! Wicked, the box office smash that tells the story of Oz before Dorothy dropped in, returns to the Broward Center for another extended run. Relive the early friendship between Elphaba and Glinda, long before they were forced to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch of the North. We know the audience will be packed with screaming ‘tweens, so this might be a good night to check out the Broward Center’s swanky new Club Level. Swig down that cosmo as you sing about defying gravity. Tickets start at $34.50 at BrowardCenter.org.